2. Stabbed by a Smoke Demon
Who: Renly Baratheon
Gory details: After crawling out of Melisandre's vagina, the smoke monster heads straight for Renly's tent on the night before the surprise attack planned against Stannis. The demon takes on a human form that resembles Stannis before skewering Renly into a nice Baratheon kebab.
Narrative importance: Renly's brother Stannis is now free to pursue his own aims, with the Red Priestess writing all his hits behind the scenes, like the Stevie Nicks to his Lindsey.
Degree of difficulty: Difficult. The same day Melisandre, er, “delivered" her baby shadow slayer at a seaside cove near Renly's camp, it was immediately dispatched to find Renly and end him, leaving Renly's newest guard Brienne to blame for his death.
Creative scale: 9